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  1. SouthernBuckeye

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    Hi all,
    I am an Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate in Ohio. I taught out of state for 5 years, then came back and I advanced my expired Ohio 2 year provisional to a 5 year professional. I already got the approved license back, and it starts on July 1, 2017. I am not currently working in education, but am going to be looking to get a job in it again for next school year.

    My question is this:

    When I was out of state, I became HQT in math/reading just by taking a Praxis test.
    In Ohio, that doesn't convert over to HQT unless I have 3 more credit hours of Math or Reading (so 6 credit hours total to get it for both, plus I think the Praxis testing).

    When I was a new graduate (in 2007) HQT was a big deal and without it I couldn't seem to find a job here in Ohio - principals seemed to want someone who also had subject endorsements so they could be a teacher of record in a resource/self-contained setting.

    So needless to say I am nervous for the job hunt. I definitely have way more experience now, but lack HQT. I'm unable to take the classes to get it before I start interviewing, because I am in the middle of a part time MBA program that I don't want to put on hold. I would not be able to do HQT hours until after December of this year when I graduate with the MBA.

    All that being said, what do you all think of my job prospects? Am I doomed without the HQT ducks, or are there inclusion jobs available? I have experience with that too. The only thing I don't like is that I know regular ed teachers don't always love inclusion, and in NC they often tried to throw our department as a whole under the bus pretty regularly. I also don't want to end up in a position where I am a glorified aide or standing in the back of the room/circulating to keep kids on task instead of actually getting to teach.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I assume you're a secondary teacher? I graduated in 2010 in OH with an elementary and sped endorsement and I couldn't find a job. I ended up moving out of state. It sounds like the job market is at least a little better now but I don't think it's great. My dad is a teacher and around the time I graduated his school was getting an average of 5,000 applicants for a single opening. I was actually just visiting his school over winter break (my breaks are longer than his) and pretty much every teacher there that was my age was just in their first or second year of "real" teaching after having to put in their time subbing or working in para positions. I assume the market is better in rural areas.

    I'm honestly not sure what the HQT rules are, especially for secondary. I would just start looking at job postings and see what they say. I would imagine that you'd have to be highly qualified for the subject, even if it's an inclusion position? When I was in college I did field experiences in about 12 different schools and all of them were "full inclusion." My dad's district is as well, and I know the district I grew up in is also. TBH I didn't even realize resource still existed in OH. I thought the "full inclusion" seemed to be a kind of state mandated thing. Unfortunately, I think the glorified aide thing is just the norm. I've never seen an inclusion position set up any differently, and I've seen a lot of examples! Many of the schools I did field experiences in were truly set up for real "co-teaching" with one sped teacher either spending her entire day in one gen ed classroom or maybe being split between just two gen ed classrooms (we simply don't have the number of staff to make that work in the state I'm in now). Even so, the gen ed teacher was always the "real" teacher and the sped teacher was an aide. I HATED my sped student teacher portion because of that. My dad is also a sped teacher and even though his admin constantly gives lip service to "not being able to tell which teacher is the gen ed teacher and which teacher is the sped teacher" he's STILL treated like an aide. I would imagine it would be even worse in secondary since you're not necessarily a content expert.
     
  4. teacherguy111

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    I am in Central Ohio. We have intervention specialists that are in the classroom that also take out for math and reading (upper elementary level). There are also intervention specialists in a resource room. Some of those kids come up just for social studies and science.

    I am afraid I am not sure about the high qualified part of the your post. Central Ohio seemed like a hard place to get a job but I know that typically intervention specialists find it easier than regular ed depending on what kind of job they will take. I worked in a christian school for two years before moving to a STEM magnet school, and then a rural public school near where I live.
     
  5. catnfiddle

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    I'm pretty sure the national HQT requirement has gone out the window, so many school districts have relaxed their own requirements. I know for sure there are already job listings for Intervention Specialists in Central Ohio, so jump in and see what happens!
     
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    Intervention specialist jobs are hard to fill in my area of Ohio. I would think you'll be okay!
     
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  8. danicalifornia

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    Southern, my current school is looking for a new intervention specialist to start after my recent promotion. If you are interested in a potential position please let me know. We will also most likely have a couple openings for next year as well. I am in northern Ohio.
     
  9. SouthernBuckeye

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    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for being slow to reply. I have a bit of an update. So - after my OP, which was obviously very worried about this, I actually have an interview for a mid-year opening coming up soon! I had to go back to ODE and have them backdate my license so I can start if offered the job.

    I do not think I will feel like a "glorified aide" in this role - I think it will be more of an IEP case management focus, with pulling 1:1's and small groups. It is a secondary role from what I understand.

    I have experience in middle/high school mostly. But in those jobs that I had, because I had content area endorsements I could be given "resource" setting classes in which I was the only teacher.

    I am hoping I get this mid-year job and then ideally, stay there so that I don't have to job hunt over the summer. I will find out more specifics at the interview. I am glad I have so much experience now - I never expected to be contacted. :)
     

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